adjective con·cise \kən-ˈsīs\

Definition of concise

  1. :  marked by brevity of expression or statement :  free from all elaboration and superfluous detail a concise report a concise definition





Examples of concise in a sentence

  1. That is as clean and concise a summation of a profound and complicated truth as I have come across … —David Noonan, Newsweek, 10 Nov. 2008

  2. Frye's wit was concise and dry, his erudition compendious. —Robert M. Adams, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991

  3. “I am glad, Mrs. Butler,'' was the neighbour's concise answer. —Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818

  4. a clear and concise account of the accident

  5. a concise article on violence in the media that manages to say more than most books on the subject

Did You Know?

Many students think that adding unnecessary sentences with long words will make their writing more impressive. But in fact almost every reader values concision, since concise writing is usually easier to read, better thought out, and better organized—that is, simply better writing. Words such as short don't have the full meaning of concise, which usually means not just "brief" but "packed with information".

Origin and Etymology of concise

Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike

First Known Use: circa 1590

Synonym Discussion of concise

concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative a concise description. terse implies pointed conciseness a terse reply. succinct implies the greatest possible compression a succinct letter of resignation. laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious an aloof and laconic stranger. summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation a summary listing of the year's main events. pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners. compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment a compendious dictionary.

CONCISE Defined for English Language Learners


adjective con·cise \kən-ˈsīs\

Definition of concise for English Language Learners

  • : using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information

CONCISE Defined for Kids


adjective con·cise \kən-ˈsīs\

Definition of concise for Students

  1. :  expressing much in few words a concise description

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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